Liam Fox

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Liam Fox

British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for North Somerset, and former Secretary of State for Defence add

Category: Politics

Born in 1961.

Countries: United Kingdom (53%), Afghanistan (10%), (8%)

Main connections: David Cameron, Secretary of State for Defence, North Somerset (UK Parliament constituency)

Linked to: Secretary of State for Defence, Chairman of the Conservative Party, North Somerset, British Army




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Liam Fox was born in 1961 add something


Paul Dean, Baron Dean of Harptree - He was Member of Parliament for North Somerset from 1964 to 1983, and after boundary changes, for Woodspring from 1983 until his retirement in 1992, preceding Liam Fox


While studying medicine at Glasgow University in the early 1980s, Fox resigned his position on the university's Students Representative Council in protest at the council passing a motion condemning the decision of the university's Glasgow University Union not to allow a gay students society to join the union add something


He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow Medical School, graduating with MB ChB degrees in 1983 add something


His first attempt to get elected as an MP for a Scottish constituency ended in failure when he contested Roxburgh and Berwickshire in the 1987 general election add something


A little over a year after his election in 1992, Fox was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, in June 1993 add something


Fox studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and worked as a GP and Civilian Army Medical Officer before being elected as an MP in 1992 add something


Thereafter, he sought and won nomination for the English constituency of Woodspring and was successful in being elected MP for that constituency at the 1992 general election add something


Thereafter, in July 1994, he was appointed an Assistant Government Whip add something


He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1996 to 1997 add something


In June 1997, Fox was appointed Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Constitutional Affairs and joined the Shadow Cabinet in 1998 as the principal spokesman for Constitutional Affairs add something


Conservative Party (UK) - Since 1997, a debate has continued within the party between 'modernisers' such as Alan Duncan, who believe that the Conservatives should modify their public stances on social issues, and 'traditionalists' such as Liam Fox and Owen Paterson, who believe that the party should remain faithful to its traditional conservative platform


North Somerset (UK Parliament constituency) - "'North Somerset"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Dr Liam Fox, a Conservative


Between 1999 and 2003 he was the Shadow Secretary of State for Health add something


The UK has suffered its heaviest losses in the area, with 99 deaths since 2001 add something


Fox was made co-chairman of the party by Michael Howard when he became party leader in November 2003 add something


In November 2003, Fox was appointed campaign manager for Michael Howard following the no-confidence vote against the Conservative leader, Iain Duncan Smith add something


After the 2005 general election he was promoted within the Shadow Cabinet to become Shadow Foreign Secretary add something


Fox stood unsuccessfully in the 2005 Conservative leadership election add something


He finished third in the 2005 contest, behind Mr Cameron and David Davis add something


His campaign theme for the 2005 leadership race was based on the "broken society" theme, which he says Conservatives can address by returning emphasis to marriage and reforming welfare add something


On 10 June 2005, he announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Dr Jesme Baird, 37 at the time, a fellow doctor who works at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and is an alumna of the University of Glasgow add something


In September 2005, Fox announced he would join the contest to be the next leader of the Conservative party add something


On 7 December 2005 he was moved to Defence by new Leader of the Opposition David Cameron MP. add something


They married at St Margaret's Church opposite Parliament on 17 December 2005 add something


David Burrowes - Burrowes initially supported Liam Fox in the 2005 Conservative leadership election before endorsing David Cameron


John Redwood - During the 2005 Conservative leadership campaign, Redwood supported first Liam Fox and David Cameron


Stuart Wheeler - He supported Liam Fox in the 2005 leadership contest, and switched his support to David Davis against David Cameron in the final run-off


David Cameron - In the first ballot of Conservative MPs on 18 October 2005, Cameron came second, with 56 votes, slightly more than expected; David Davis had fewer than predicted at 62 votes; Liam Fox came third with 42 votes and Kenneth Clarke was eliminated with 38 votes.


David Cameron - In the second ballot on 20 October 2005, Cameron came first with 90 votes; David Davis was second, with 57, and Liam Fox was eliminated with 51 votes.


David Davis (British politician) - In the second ballot, held two days later on 20 October 2005, Cameron polled 90 votes, Davis 57 votes and Liam Fox was eliminated with 51 votes so Davis went through to the next stage with David Cameron


In July 2007 he travelled to Iran add something


However, one trip he took in November 2007 was declared two months late add something


The declaration of the visit you refer to in November 2007 was highlighted in an end-of-year audit following a changeover of staffing responsibilities add something


I do, however, recognise that when asking one question in 2008, I should have noted an interest and will be writing to the registrar to make this clear" add something


When asked about the controversy in 2008, Fox remarked that "fortunately most of us have progressed from the days when we were students more than a quarter of a century ago" add something


In January 2009, referring to Israel, he said, "British support for any ally is never unqualified add something


It was reported in June 2009 that Fox claimed expenses of more than £19,000 over the last four years for his mobile phone add something


About 1,000 Royal Marines are expected to leave and be redeployed to central Helmand by the end of 2010 add something


In 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, a position from which he resigned on 14 October 2011 over allegations that he had given a close friend, lobbyist Adam Werritty, access to the Ministry of Defence and allowed him to join official trips overseas add something


In March 2010 Fox appealed Sir Thomas Legg's decision that he had over claimed £22,476 in mortgage interest payments add something


In March 2010, Fox admitted breaking parliamentary rules on two occasions by visiting Sri Lanka on a trip paid for by the Sri Lankan government without declaring the trip in the Register of Members' Financial Interests in the required time of 30 days and failing to declare an interest in Sri Lanka when asking ministers how much UK aid had been given to Sri Lanka add something


Fox was the victim of a burglary at his London flat in April 2010 add something


Fox was appointed as Secretary of State for Defence in the cabinet of David Cameron on 12 May 2010 and that weekend flew out to Afghanistan with the Foreign Secretary, William Hague and the International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell to see first hand the issues facing the troops based there add something


In July 2010 Fox said that an early withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan would risk a return of civil war and act as a "shot in the arm to jihadists" across the world, the defence secretary, Liam Fox, warned add something


In July 2010 he said that the dire state of the public finances meant the Armed Forces could no longer be equipped to cover every conceivable danger add something


On 19 July 2010 Fox said that within four years the Afghan army and police should take responsibility for security, leaving British troops to work only as military trainers add something


In September 2010 Fox in a private letter to David Cameron, Fox refuses to back any substantial reduction in the Armed Forces add something


Speaking in September 2010 Fox said on the possibility of sharing aircraft carriers with the French Navy that "I think it is unrealistic to share an aircraft carrier but, in other areas like tactical lift we can see what we can do," Liam Fox, said at a meeting in Paris with Herve Morin add something


In a speech on the future of the Armed Forces to the House of Commons on 19 October 2010 Prime Minister David Cameron set out plans that would mean cuts 7,000 jobs go in the British Army; 5,000 in the Royal Navy; 5,000 in the Royal Air Force; and 25,000 civilian jobs at the Ministry of Defence add something


In February 2011 Fox launched an attack on ballooning spending in his own department as figures show projects are running at least £8,8 billion over budget add something


In March 2011 Fox defended the decision to make 11,000 redundancies in the armed forces, insisting that personnel who have recently returned from Afghanistan will not be sacked add something


In May 2011 Dr Fox, opposed plans to sharply increase Britain's aid budget, in a direct challenge to David Cameron's authority add something


In May 2011, Fox was booed at the "We Believe in Israel" event for saying that Israeli settlements "are illegal and an obstacle to peace" add something


On 27 June 2011 Fox announced that Baron Levene had completed his report on the reform of the MoD and suggested that will cut the number of senior officers and could lead to ministerial posts being axed add something


During October 2011 Fox's relationship with a close friend Adam Werritty attracted extensive media attention and eventually led to Fox's resignation add something


On Sunday 9 October 2011, in advance of Brennan's initial report of the result of her inquiry to the Prime Minister, Fox made a statement apologising publicly for his conduct in relation to Werrity, denying wrongdoing but admitting errors of judgment in mixing his professional and personal loyalties add something


On 14 October 2011 Fox resigned from his office as Secretary of State for Defence, following controversy over his relationship with Adam Werritty add something


G3 (company) - In 2011, it emerged that the company was linked to an incident involving Adam Werritty, that lead to the resignation of former UK Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox


Panavia Tornado - In March 2011, several Tornados flew strike missions against targets inside Libya in what were, according to Defence Secretary Liam Fox, "the longest range bombing mission conducted by the RAF since the Falklands conflict"


Tobias Ellwood - Following his re-election to Parliament, Ellwood was appointed PPS to Defence Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox, and in October 2011 was appointed PPS to the Minister for Europe The Rt. Hon David Liddington MP in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Philip Hammond - Upon the resignation of Liam Fox over a scandal in October 2011, Hammond was promoted to become Secretary of State for Defence


Philip Hammond - Hammond became Secretary of State for Defence on 14 October 2011 when Liam Fox resigned


The MoD is expected to axe up to 8,000 civil servants in 2012 add something


In October 2012, the Commons Speaker blocked the release of data showing which MPs were renting their homes to other MPs for financial gain add something


In March, 2013, Fox was one of the chief guests at a conference in Bahrain designed to rally Western opinion to the side of the Bahrain government in its struggle against the Arab Spring add something


On 5 February 2013 Liam Fox voted against a second reading of the Marriage Bill, designed to introduce same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom add something


In October 2013, Fox hit the news again, after documents showed he claimed 3p for a 100 metre car trip a year earlier add something


Fox said: "It has always been our aim to be successful in the mission and the mission has always said that the Afghan national security forces would be able to deal with their own security by 2014 add something


In marked contrast to David Cameron, who pledged over the weekend to withdraw all British troops by 2015, Fox said Britain would be betraying the sacrifices of its fallen soldiers if it left "before the job is finished" add something


The date is a full year earlier than the deadline suggested by David Cameron this month, who said he wanted most troops back by 2015 add something


In January 2015, Fox published a video on YouTube, where he speaks, detailing his opinions and criticism of Edward Snowden add something


In late June 2016, Fox announced on LBC that he intended to run for the leadership of the Conservative party once again add something


Upon Theresa May becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in July 2016, Fox was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade add something


In a September 2016 speech on international trade, Fox implied that Britain's low level of exports were a result of businesspeople becoming "lazy and fat" off the successes of previous generations, arguing that exporting was a "duty" which businesspeople neglected because "it might be too difficult or too time-consuming or because they can't play golf on a Friday afternoon" add something


Greg Clark - At the Privy Council meeting ratifying May's cabinet appointments on 15 July 2016, Clark was mistakenly appointed as the President of the Board of Trade instead of Liam Fox


In April 2017 he was criticised for a trade visit to the Philippines, where he acknowledged "shared values when speaking to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, heavily criticised for the increase in extrajudicial killings in the Philippines add something


In March 2018, Fox said that he would "no longer support" an extension to the EU transition period add something


On 30 November 2018, he came out in support for Theresa May's Brexit deal, calling it the best possible deal that safely delivers Brexit add something


In April 2019, Fox was accused of excusing climate change denial add something


In July 2019 he acknowledged that no deal could lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom add something